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Creamy Syrian cheese forms basis of crusty breakfast sandwich

Creamy Syrian cheese forms basis of crusty breakfast sandwich

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
I find it nearly impossible to escape from food. The subject pops up everywhere — in advertisements, in conversations. Recently, a pre-dawn airport trip left me eager to cook (and eat).
 
More people preparing and preserving their own food as ancestors did

More people preparing and preserving their own food as ancestors did

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015
Our grandparents and great-grandparents ate locally, seasonally and sustainably. But they had to in an age before modern supermarkets and jet transportation made a fresh tomato possible in January. Today people are willingly cooking, eating and preserving as their ancestors did for health, economy, flavor and DIY satisfaction.
 

Bonamassa displays power after acoustic opening set

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Joe Bonamassa opened his show at the Palace Theatre on Monday night with an acoustic set. With four other guys on stage, he played an hour of folk blues, a little bluegrass, some Irish-tinged ballads, and straight-ahead unplugged rock.
 
Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Couple demolishes, rebuilds log-home kitchen together

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Andy Banas, a retired ironworker, says he’s pretty handy with tools. But he’s often catching up with his wife, Laurel, when it comes to home renovation.
 
Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Designers using bike parts for funky, sophisticated decor

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Bikes have become part of hipster culture. There are bicycle-themed dining, drinking and shopping establishments from Portland, Oregon, to Brooklyn, New York, and dozens of bike-friendly burgs in between.
 
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Winter weekend events being held at Adirondack great camp

Monday, Jan. 19, 2015
The popular winter weekends at a historic Adirondack great camp are being held again this winter.
 
Want to take a real horse-drawn sleigh ride? Here's how

Want to take a real horse-drawn sleigh ride? Here's how

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
When people consider a sleigh ride, they think about horses charging through pristine white, metal runners marking smooth trails through the woods. Snowflakes swirling in a light wind add to the atmosphere.
 
Peter Pause: Good food in a family setting

Peter Pause: Good food in a family setting

Sunday, Jan. 18, 2015
This is an establishment where the patrons tip the server — and give her a kiss on the cheek. Customers tend to be regulars
 

Prostate screening saves lives, but some men won’t do it

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
When it comes to prostate screening tests, Dr. Seth Capello’s advice to men is brief: Just do it.
 
Acts of kindness: Being a mentor can fill the void in a child’s life

Acts of kindness: Being a mentor can fill the void in a child’s life

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
Fishing in a lake, going to the library or a movie, helping with homework. Or just walking down the street and stopping for an ice cream cone.
 
Acts of kindness: Just being there can help someone in time of grief

Acts of kindness: Just being there can help someone in time of grief

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
From my kitchen window Monday morning, I watched my neighbor walk slowly down her driveway to get her newspaper, knowing she would find her wife’s obituary inside.
 
Acts of kindness: Mentee blossoms into confident young woman

Acts of kindness: Mentee blossoms into confident young woman

Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015
When I texted 18-year-old Caitlin and asked if she would share her thoughts about Saratoga Mentoring, an email arrived after 10 minutes.
 

Bromantic comedy rings viewers’ bell

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
“The Wedding Ringer” is “Wedding Crashers Redux,” a “Hangover Lite” that softens manic funnyman Kevin Hart’s persona into someone almost as funny, but more sentimental than abrasive.
 
Eastwood pays tribute to righteous warrior but 'Sniper' needs context

Eastwood pays tribute to righteous warrior but 'Sniper' needs context

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
A mere six months after releasing the Four Seasons drama “Jersey Boys,” Clint Eastwood has again lapped his younger directing colleagues with his second film of 2014 and his best movie in years.
 

Cyber thriller ‘Blackhat’ hums with urgency

Friday, Jan. 16, 2015
“Blackhat” viscerally dramatizes digital life, or at least a muscular techno-thriller version of it.
 
 

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